Last summer, Andreas Pereira joined Valencia on a season-long loan, against the wishes of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

Having spent a year at Granada, Mourinho believed Pereira was ready to compete for a first team place at United, but the young midfielder didn’t believe he would get enough playing time at Old Trafford.

He joined Valencia and as a result Scott McTominay was drafted in to the first team squad in his place and the 21-year-old made 23 appearances.

Pereira has said that Valencia wanted to keep him but his focus is on making it at United. He’s spoken to Mourinho about his United future and plans to impress the manager during the pre-season.

I told him that I felt ready to compete. He was happy to hear that and said I would get my chance. Now we will see how it goes in pre-season. Then we are together again, but of course I hope to convince him.

Breaking through at Manchester United is and remains the big dream. After two good seasons in Spain, I know that I can always go there. Valencia wanted to keep me, but at the moment my goals are in England. I want to make it at Manchester United. At Valencia I have proven that I can participate at the highest level. That’s what I hope to show in Manchester now.